Lockyer calls for an ‘ old- school’ roughing up
DARREN Lockyer has urged Queensland’s forwards to terrorise David Klemmer by using Trevor Gillmeister- style tactics to turn the NSW rookie’s maiden Origin decider into a nightmare.
NSW enforcer Paul Gallen yesterday fired a fresh salvo at the Maroons, warning Klemmer’s MCG mauling has shaken- up Queensland entering Origin III tonight at Suncorp Stadium.
But Lockyer, Origin’s most- capped player, believes the Maroons can tactically muzzle the 120kg giant with a defensive attitude made famous by Queensland legend Gillmeister.
Lockyer says Queensland paid a price in Origin II for lacking sufficient line speed.
“The forwards need to be physical with Klemmer,” Lockyer said.
“It’s not about using illegal tactics but they need a good old- fashioned way.
“They need to be aggressive with their defence, using shoulders to get in there.
“Basically, they need old- school, Trevor Gillmeister- style defence to rough him up.”
Lockyer admits the Maroons may have been surprised by Klemmer’s up- tempo efforts when thrown into the fray.
“I don’t know if Queensland were prepared for that sort of aggression from Klemmer in Game Two, but they have to be prepared this time.”